Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 a small and highly enthusiastic group of family and friends gathered at my house to wait for a potentially life-changing phone call from my daughter. Stevanie and her son, Joel, were in Miami to represent my son, Verl Kit Carson McCown, who had won a chance to win a replica of Richard Petty’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Health issues prevented him from attending so he asked Joel to be his proxy. Stevanie went as a guest, and took information and a photo to share about her brother.
The drawing was to take place around noon, PST. By 11:30 everyone had arrived…except Kit. We were becoming a little concerned by the time he rolled in.
Kit follows meticulously planned procedures when he prepares to travel and leaves nothing to chance. His home is about 25 miles away and it takes about 45 minutes, to get here, depending on weather and traffic. He was ready in plenty of time and set to go.
When preparing to leave, he placed his things on the passenger seat of the van, locked the door, closed it and immediately realized his keys were inside!
On a day that was already angst filled and potentially anxiety ridden, he was locked out of his vehicle. You can imagine his frustration as he went back into the apartment, searched through pockets till he found his spare key and got under way.
We were relieved when he arrived, especially after he described his unsavory key experience. He said he hoped it wasn’t ominous.
Everyone settled in and minutes passed for what seemed like a mini-eternity.
Finally...Kit’s phone rang. “Hello. Hello?”
We couldn’t hear, of course, but Stevanie said:
“You WON! I’ll call you right back.” Click.
He didn’t tell us what she said because he thought she was joking.
He calmly closed the phone and put it back in his lap.
We thought they had lost connection.
Later she told us she had to call him back because they needed her for pictures right then.
A couple of very long minutes ticked by, then another ring…
Hello? ……..I WON?” Are you joking?
He listened a few moments, said “Ok, thank you.” and closed the phone.
In a matter-of-fact tone of voice, he said,
“She said I won.”
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!
The only other time I have seen Kit that ecstatic
was when he was six years old and won a goldfish.
After Stevanie’s confirmation that his dream car was really his, he shook his head in disbelief, threw his arms in the air in a sign of Victory, and spent the rest of the day languishing in the love of family and friends and the glow of incredible happiness.
That moment will be with us forever.